The Hating Game Book Review

Book Review: The Hating Game

I love when I can’t put a book down and that’s what I got from The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It clocked in as my third book of 2022 and I stayed up way too late reading it a couple of nights. My sleep app even picked up me saying “It’s two *bleeping* AM and I’m still reading this book.” I just had to know what happened next. 

The official synopsis: 

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I was hooked on their dynamic within a few pages. It was clear there was a lot more to their office games than just two people who didn’t like one another. Josh is sexy and smooth. Lucy is ambitious and loyal. People are terrified of Josh. Everyone loves Lucy. Josh is regimented and orderly. Lucy has a signature style and is a little messy. While it’s obvious there is attraction between them, things become clear as crystal during a team building outing to a paintball course. 

From there, it’s quite a ride as Lucy gets to know Josh and we as readers learn Josh has a lot more depth than he originally lets on. I couldn’t help but swoon over him. He was very much the romantic hero. There were times when Lucy annoyed me with her “freak outs,” but I I had a certain fondness for her all the same. 

The book has been made into a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but my friend Nikki is a huge fan. In fact, The Hating Game was one of her recommendations when I asked Instagram what books I should read in 2022. 

The Hating Game is told from Lucy’s POV. I’m craving a telling from Josh’s side. It would be such a complement to see what he was thinking during pivotal moments and what motivated him through some of his behavior. It would be such a great read given the depth his character reveals.

If you’re looking for a page turner, this is the one.

I give The Hating Game five stars. You must read it! 

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